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Conyers begins bike lane markings and signage project

CONYERS -- City officials announced work will begin on installing bicycle sharrows, or lanes, on streets in Conyers.

Contractors will begin the work today to mark city streets with a shared-lane marking indicating that a bicyclist may use the lane. Streets affected are Main Street, Pine Log Road, Rowland Road, Milstead Avenue and Industrial Boulevard.

The cost for the bike sharrow and signage installation program is $39,346.50. The city of Conyers received a $4,000 grant from Georgia Bikes for the project and the balance of the project is funded through the city's portion of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST.

The sharrows are the latest project in the city's efforts to obtain Bike Friendly Community designation.

Eddie Shirey with the Conyers Covington Cycling Club is a board member of Georgia Bikes. He said the city applied for the grant and benefited from work on the PATH Foundation multi-use trail.

"There was some competition for the grant and, with the work the city has already done, they believed it was money well spent," he said.

Shirey added the sharrows will help make the roads safer for cyclists.

"They're visible to remind people there are cyclists on the road, and it will help cyclists who are often on the sidewalks or on the wrong side of the road to nudge them to go with the flow of traffic," Shirey said.

With good weather the project is expected to be finished in six to eight weeks, according to a press release from the city.

A moving lane closure is expected while the bike sharrows are installed, so some traffic delays may occur, according to the city's press release.